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Cleveland Clinic Union Members Receive Strong Support From Ohio House Members

Working people continue to call on the Cleveland Clinic to do the right thing and lift wages for their hard working Union members. These workers at the Cleveland Clinic were recently excluded from a plan to raise wages at the Clinic to a minimum of $15 an hour.

This month, a substantial list of legislators with the Ohio House of Representatives wrote to Cleveland Clinic CEO Tomislav Mihaljevic asking him to be fair to Union members at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital and Lutheran Hospital. Among others, the Union members have also received support from United States Senator Sherrod Brown and leaders with the Ohio Senate

Partnership With Columbia Southern University

SEIU District 1199 has joined the list of many partners for Columbia Southern University. Among other member benefits, this may complement the Union’s free college benefit offered by Ohio’s Eastern Gateway Community College. 

Partnership with Columbia Southern University
• Free College Benefit With Ohio’s Eastern Gateway Community College

Cleveland Clinic Fight for $15 Protest in Akron

Candlewood Healthcare Rally for Respect in East Cleveland

Certus Healthcare

Members of our Union have decided to show Certus at Candlewood Healthcare and Rehabilitation in East Cleveland what we think of their proposals that dismiss our concerns and disrespect us as workers and caregivers.

Join our Candlewood SEIU District 1199 Union brothers and sisters as we let Certus Healthcare and the community know what sacrifices are being asked of us while Certus benefits from our labor. 

Monday APRIL 1st from 2PM to 4PM 
Corner of Euclid and Holyoke, Next to Wendy’s
2704 Holyoke Ave, East Cleveland, OH 44102

Healthcare Workers Fighting For $15 at the Cleveland Clinic to Rally in Akron

AKRON, OHIO – On Thursday, March 21st, at noon, community members, Union members, and workers, will protest before a speech by Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Tomislav Mihaljevic in Akron. Reportedly, the speech will include details on the Cleveland Clinic’s plan to become “the best place to work in healthcare.”

The Cleveland Clinic has had strained labor relations in the past, including after their acquisition of Akron General Hospital. The Cleveland Clinic also recently excluded Union members from a plan to raise wages to $15 an hour. Cleveland Clinic Union members have been supported in their fight for an immediate path to $15 by United States Senator Sherrod Brown and several state legislators.

Last month, an article in the Plain Dealer covered a worker who was excluded from the Cleveland Clinic’s plan for a $15 an hour wage – she is a Union member and supports several family members with a wage of just $13.85 an hour. According to financial filings, even before becoming CEO last year, Dr. Tomislav Mihaljevic has been paid millions for his work with the Cleveland Clinic.

“The Cleveland Clinic is investing hundreds of millions of dollars in locations such as Florida and London – they operate a hospital in the United Arab Emirates,” said Anthony Caldwell, Director of Public Affairs for SEIU District 1199. “We continue to call on the Cleveland Clinic to do the right thing for all Caregivers in Cleveland and Union members across their system. A living wage is important for all workers and we stand ready to work with the Cleveland Clinic to make that a reality without further disregard or delay,” continued Caldwell. 

Member Leader Training in West Virginia and Ohio

A training for Delegates and Member Strength Coordinators will be held on April 6th, 2019. The meeting will also include new member orientation and will be held at several locations across West Virginia and Ohio. Registration and further details are available here.

Regional Membership Meeting in Cincinnati

On Wednesday, April 10th, 2019, a Regional Membership Meeting will be held in Cincinnati. All SEIU District 1199 members from the local area are encouraged to attend. Registration and further details are available here

Members Lobby at the West Virginia Capitol to Protect Medicaid & Fund Senior Programs

Lobby Day
Members of SEIU District 1199 are at the West Virginia Capitol today for our Lobby Day of Action. The West Virginia Legislature is expected to close out their annual session soon. 

Workers are asking their representatives to stand against “work requirements” for Medicaid if reintroduced. They are also asking legislators to support critical funding for senior programs (HB 2625), fiscal support for hot and cold food trucks, and an increase in the senior meal reimbursement rate. These areas of public policy are all important to working families. 

We are also encouraging members of the public to contact their legislators to ask them to protect Medicaid without work requirements. From “right-to-work” to other anti-Union attacks, working people in West Virginia have faced many challenges. We must speak out and stand together. 

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United States Senator Sherrod Brown Stands With Cleveland Clinic Union Members

This week, United States Senator Sherrod Brown released a letter asking CEO Tomislav Mihaljevic to be fair to the hardworking Union members who work for the Cleveland Clinic. While the Cleveland Clinic announced that they would raise wages to $15 an hour, they clarified the raise would exclude many dedicated workers.

The Cleveland Clinic should do the right thing and immediately put all Caregivers on a path to a living wage. Recent coverage is included below: 

Sherrod Brown $15 All Caregivers

• Read United States Senator Sherrod Brown’s letter to Cleveland Clinic CEO Tomislav Mihaljevic

• Ohio Senate Democrats Write to Cleveland Clinic CEO Tomislav Mihaljevic.

Cleveland Clinic’s minimum-wage increase doesn’t apply to union workers.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

• Unionized Cleveland Clinic workers speak out after learning minimum wage increase doesn’t apply to them.” (Becker’s Hospital Review) 

 

Protect Medicaid Coverage Without Bureaucracy in West Virginia

Medicaid West Virginia
Last week, House Bill 3136, was introduced in the West Virginia House of Delegates. This legislation would mean the loss of critical Medicaid coverage for individuals across West Virginia. Work requirements could immediately impact 95,000 West Virginians who do not have enough hours or are unemployed.

Medicaid work requirements create unnecessary government bureaucracy and make it harder for working people to stay healthy and find work. Communities across West Virginia have faced difficulty and such requirements will limit access to care for many who are already vulnerable. Work requirements would also be a major setback as the state battles an opioid crisis.  

Contact your legislators about the importance of vital coverage provided by Medicaid without burdensome requirements.

Cleveland Black History Month Forum

cleveland BHM
Thank you to everyone who joined together for the Black History Month Event this year in Cleveland. It was a very inspiring conversation and forum. Together, working people have won better wages, safer workplaces, and civil rights. White, Black, and brown, we must stand united. 

Youngstown Forum Brings Up Tough Issues Facing The Black Community (WKBN News)

A very important forum was held yesterday in Youngstown, Ohio, as a part of our annual Black History Month Celebration. Our communities face many challenges. Together, working people have won better wages, safer workplaces, and civil rights. White, Black, and brown, we must stand united. 

Fighting for $15 at the Cleveland Clinic

GSSIKEBALJAUBA472AJBOLA44QDestiny, who works as a housekeeper at the Cleveland Clinic, saw her coworkers at the hospital get a raise in January and expected to get one, as well. When the extra money didn’t come, she started asking questions. Destiny, a dedicated employee, cares for her children, in addition to other family members. An article with her story was recently featured in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. 

Cleveland Clinic’s minimum-wage increase doesn’t apply to union workers.”

Reagan Tokes Act Update

“Employees of closing Beachwood nursing home, focus of redevlopment plan, seek time.”

Mercy Regional Medical Center RN Unit Assignment Despite Objection Process

Safe StaffingStaff receiving an assignment that in her/his judgment and experience places patients or themselves at risk has an obligation to take action. Acting in the interest of patients, the staff should promptly notify her/his supervisor that because of inadequate staffing, the quality of care and safety of patients and/or residents and staff may be jeopardized.

Nursing staff are held responsible and accountable for the care provided. However, responsibility and accountability for the level of care also resides with the Hospital, including both executives and nursing administrative staff.

This Assignment Despite Objection Form may be used to document an assignment which is potentially unsafe for the patients and/or residents or staff. This form will be used to bring staffing issue to the attention of administration at monthly Labor Management meetings. It may also be used as evidence in defending members against discipline.

Member Leaders Hold Meetings at West Virginia Statehouse

WV AFL CIO Legislative Day 2
Member leaders with SEIU District 1199 recently met for the AFL-CIO’s State Legislative Conference in Charleston, West Virginia.
Among other work, they held meetings at the Statehouse to discuss the need for Union jobs and priorities important to working families.

From anti-union attacks to “right-to-work” legislation, West Virginia’s working families have faced many challenges. Members of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH work in diverse and important sectors of the economy. They often stand together to speak out for state funding for health care, the protection of retirement savings, and social services, among other important fiscal priorities.  

Members that formed the delegation included Vicki Tully, Member Vice President for West Virginia, in addition to John A. Hindman and Ethel Turner. We are stronger together. 

Members Join Together For Grievance Chair Training Events in Cleveland & Huntington

Members recently met in Cleveland and Huntington for grievance chair training events.  Additional training courses will be held later this year. Grievance chairs, delegates, shop leaders, and members, regularly assist their co-workers with grievances and make sure that the contract is upheld.

Basic Grievance Chair Training 9 
The ability to file a grievance, if necessary, is an important protection. The grievance process means that members can present the facts through a more fair process if contract violations occur. Training courses further ensure that members are well prepared to stand together. 

Basic Grievance Chair Training Photo
If you need assistance with a grievance, you can also contact the Member Resource Center. Representatives with the Member Resource Center are standing by to assist. “Your Member Resource Center Has Your Back!”

Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2019

One of the last speeches Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave before he was killed was with SEIU 1199 in the Northeast, where we draw our roots. We must and will continue to speak out for greater social and economic justice. 

When Martin Luther King, Jr spoke to SEIU 1199.” (SEIU)